Saturday, December 5, 2009

Week Forty-Nine: Prairie Schooler December Santa

Well, December is here -- the final month of my "Ornament a Week" challenge! I can't believe that I only have three more ornaments to stitch and post for the year. I wish I could say I had only three more ornaments to "finish/finish" for the year. I am so far behind (hanging my head in shame) and I just hope that I can catch up with my finishing at some point... As you can see, this week I stitched another Prairie Schooler monthly piece from the Summer & Winter chart (Book No. 91). As with the other pieces I've stitched in this series, I used 32 ct. flax Belfast linen and DMC threads.

So, how is everyone's Christmas decorating coming along? We hope to get our tree up and decorated today along with putting up the garland and ribbons on the porch and the candles in the windows. I wish we had a bit of snow to go along with our decorating frenzy--it always puts me more in the Christmas spirit. Of course, when the snow does come along, I start complaining about how difficult the driving is or how cold it is or something or other. But, I do love a white Christmas, don't you?

Can you remember where you were 24 years ago? I certainly can -- I was in the hospital having just given birth to my second son on December 4th, 1985. From day one he was such a kind, caring, and peaceful child...and he continues to show the same traits as a young man. We'll be celebrating his birthday with his favorite "Chocolate Eclair Dessert." It is something I make only once a year--just for his birthday--so it is pretty special. Just like he is! So, to my dear middle son, I wish you a very "Happy Birthday" and a year filled with love, laughter, and all the good things life has to offer...

Have a joyful week everyone and thank you again for stopping by and taking the time to say "hello." I appreciate each and every comment so much!


Blu said...

Congrats on the really cute Santa. I love some of the PS Old World Santas.

24 years ago? I was a five month bump in my mum's tummy!

Theresa said...

this piece is absolutely beautiful!!!
you really did very well on your ornament stitches!!!

Happy Birthday to your son!!!

Shari said...

Carol,must you keep stitching these beautiful PS charts when I am too busy to do them?!?!?! I ordered them off of e-bay so that I have them, but just don't have time right now.
Congrats on yet another great finish!
Our Christmas decorating is now up!! Finishing the tree last night. Today, I finish the shopping!!!! Tomorrow, the cuties come!!!
Have a wonderful week! Happy Birthday to your son!

Lois said...

What a great finish! I hear you only too well on the stitching but not the finishing thing. Always my downfall. Happy birthday to your son! No Christmas tree up around here just yet but it will be soon.

Lee said...

Love your Santa He is rather special.
Had to stop and think about 24 years ago, we were about to
retire, at least my husband was retiring, I still teach the odd embroidery workshop, tell myself next year will be my last !!
Enjoy your son's birthday.

Annie Bee said...

Lovely ornament. You amaze me with how many you have stitched.

Happy birthday to your son.

Jackie's Stitches said...

Beautiful ornament!

No tree up here yet....hopefully this weekend! I'm not the type that decorates every room in the house, just the living room. Hopefully it will go quickly!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful ornament - I love Prairie Schooler designs! Our Christmas tree and decorations are going to go up this weekend - I absolutely love getting all the Christmas things out :)

I hope you get snow soon - I had a white Christmas while visiting family in New York a few years ago and it was magical! (We are now at about 30 degrees Celsius in Cape Town and it is going to get much, much hotter soon!)

Hope your son had a great birthday!

Andrea said...

Another beautiful PS design to adorn your frame.
Christmas tree will hopefully go up tomorrow, fingers crossed.

Myra said...

Very pretty and it looks great in the frame. Happy birthday to your son! The weather monks say we may see a bit of snow today. Brrrr, cold and rainy right now. Have a great weekend!

Mylene said...

Another beautiful finish, Carol.

Happy happy Birthday to your son!

Julie said...

A beautiful design

Happy Birthday to your special young man

Rowyn said...

Nice PS Xmas finish!

24 years ago I was a 9 year old, so I was probably excited about the school year finishing and wondering what Santa was bringing me for Christmas!

I hope your son enjoyed his Choc Eclair dessert, it sounds delicious!

Carolyn NC said...

I love this piece - you've done a great job. Happy Birthday to your DS!b

Brigitte said...

The Summer/Winter and Spring/Fall books by PS are some of my very favourites and I have stitched a couple of these designs myself.
Your December piece looks wonderful.
I must admit that I don't like snow but I love to stitch snowy motives. But when the snow starts falling ere in my corner I'd like to hibernate somewhere else, lol.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I just adore Prairie Schooler. Your ornaments are so nice. Imagine all hanging on your tree one day, completely finished. You are almost done with you challenge for the year. What a great accomplishment. What is next years challenge, if you have one??? The bags I used for the ornaments were actually from Chico's. I buy a lot of my jewelry there and they put them in the bags. I have all different kinds from them over the years. I figured what a great recycle idea. The ornaments look pretty in them. Happy birthday to your son.

Pumpkin said...

Another great ornament! I can't believe you have finished one for every week of this year. That's amazing! I can certainly understand why they are not all finished-finished but that will come in time :o)

Happy Birthday to your DS!

Ranae said...

Fabulous PS ornament.
A very Happy Birthday to your son
I love a white Christmas

Edit said...

Your latest ornament is so so beutiful! I really love it, it makes me feel Christmas is here soon :)

I can't wait to put up the Christmas decoration, I have already started but the main part is still to come.

24 years ago? Waiting for Santa Claus as a 5 year old (in hungary, Santa Claus comes on the night of the 5th of December)

Happy Birthday to your son!

PS: Although only three ornaments are left for you this year, I hope you will continue showing us beautiful things in the new year, too.

Jennifer said...

Love your ornaments and the P.S. ornament you stitched for Lee shown on her blog!
Happy birthday to your son!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

wow, I am lucky to get 5 ornaments in but you do one a week. omg. I have a thing for large projects but this idea is one to think about...some
24 years ago I had just given birth to my first child, a wonderful little boy who still has me wrapped around his little finger and probably always will.
Be always in stitches.

Siobhán said...

Carol, congratulations on a beautiful finish! I love it--great job. I love PS seasonal designs, especially their santas. :)

Happy birthday to your son!

Viooltje (Violet) said...

First my belated congratulations for your son's birthday and your finish of another stitching (even if it is another Santa *Ü*).

24 years ago on 4th of December?
hmmm, maybe I was wrapping Sinterklaas presents and writing Sinterklaas poems?
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